JoCo board to consider expanding COVID-19 testing capacity; GOP 3rd District candidate Amanda Adkins announces campaign manager; Columnist David Von Drehle shares experience with COVID-19

Johnson County Commissioners are considering allocating the funds to increase testing capacity in Johnson County to as many as 5,000 tests. The county has run about 700 so far and has limited supply. Photo credit New Jersey National Guard. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Johnson County board to consider expanding COVID-19 testing capacity

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will convene a special meeting at 3 p.m. Monday to consider authorizing the purchase of additional COVID-19 testing up to $400,000, which will amount to 3,000 to 5,000 test results.

To comply with the social distancing efforts and stay-at-home order, the county commissioners will meet virtually. The meeting will be broadcast for the public at

Amanda Adkins announces campaign manager

Amanda Adkins, Republican candidate for the Kansas Third Congressional District seat, has announced new hires focused on management, strategy, policy thought leadership and advanced digital engagement. The team will be led by Matt Patterson as the new campaign manager. Patterson has worked political races at the federal and state levels throughout Texas.

Maggie Collins will serve the campaign as policy advisor; she previously served as a strategic advisor, according to a press release from the campaign. Prior to that, Collins served at the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She also worked for Senator Bob Dole in development for the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

Alana Roethle will also serve as the director of engagement, focusing the campaign on professional women and mothers in the Third District. Roethle is the former Kansas GOP State Party Secretary and former executive director of the 19th Amendment Centennial.

Mission Hills columnist David Von Drehle shares experience with COVID-19

Mission Hills resident David Von Drehle, a columnist for the Washington Post, last week shared his experiences with “mild to moderate symptoms” for COVID-19. His symptoms have included fevers, weakness, full-body aches, exhaustion, stomach distress and dehydration.

“Of course, I don’t know for sure that I have covid-19, because there is no testing where I live,” he wrote. “I am thankful for my mild to moderate symptoms. I’m not sure I could survive anything worse.” [I probably have a ‘mild to moderate’ case of covid-19. I don’t think I could survive worse. — The Washington Post]